WHAT DO YOU THINK?
The commentary to Martin Buber’s teaching reads Buber as echoing the story of Abraham and his journey to the land of Israel, reminding us that at every turn, life is a journey. The commentator compares this with the cycle that leads Jews on an annual journey through the Torah, only to begin anew each year. We are challenged by Buber to constantly strive for growth.
What kinds of journeys are there in life? What could be “secret destinations” of a journey? For what reasons could the traveler be “unaware” of them?
Think about your own life. Was there a journey you didn’t realize you were on until you reached your “destination”? How was your journey a life-changing experience?
What process do you use, or could you use, to glean the most out of life’s journeys?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Each image calls out to us to examine it, to note our thoughts and feelings, and relate these impressions to the quotation. Often clues in the artwork suggest meaning and invite interpretation.
Israeli designer Yarom Vardimon depicts Buber’s quotation by using simple shapes and colors.
How does the image present the quotation? Was this how you interpreted the quotation without the image?
Do you see any significance to the colors, lines, and background? How do they convey the concepts of “journey” and “traveler”?
What might be the artist’s intent in the layout of the quotation? In the black and white letters?
What emotions does this image evoke in you?
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